The Other Words Conference was held at the University of Tampa, October 11-13, 2018, which turned out to be unfortunate as Hurricane Michael blew through the Florida Panhandle on October 10. This meant many writers who had planned to attend simply couldn’t get there. Still, Tampa was unaffected, and the airplanes flew, so Kim and Jacqui attended and represented Madville.
These events are largely about networking, and we sat prominently with a table at the book fair, where we offered our first two titles, An Englishman in Texas and Gunshot, Peacock, Dog. Rick Campbell, author of Gunshot, Peacock, Dog, was on hand to sign copies. In addition, Kim spoke on the subject of publishing.
The 2018 AWP Conference in Tampa, Florida blew by like a whirlwind. Kim Davis was in attendance along with her colleagues from Texas Review Press, The Texas Review, and the Goliad Review & Press. Kim moderated a reading with her friends from Goliad, Joseph D. Haske and Michael Gills entitled, “The Places America Forgot: A Reading of Rural Fiction.” She got to spend time Goliad editors John Molina, Joe Haske, and Daniel Mendoza as well as Goliad author Ron Cooper and his wife Sandra. Sandra Cooper then provided a conduit to an amazing group of women writers all connected to Luanne Smith. Meals were consumed, alcohol was drunk, and it was a lot of fun. The high point, however, was a panel on Saturday arranged and moderated by Luanne Smith: “Writing Bad Ass & Nasty Women.” The speakers for this panel included Pam Houston, Kim Addonizio, and Bonnie Jo Campbell all amazing authors who spoke with inspirational fire that pulled the audience to its collective feet.